I had a social policy tutor who asked us a question…

The question was this. ”Is the NHS necessary, sustainable and desirable? The almost unanimous answer was that the NHS was necessary, but not sustainable, without some very serious discussions about the difference between want and need. Without serious change in the way resources were obtained, allocated and distributed(clue-not more marketisation), but that the NHS was…

Race and unemployment

”Unemployment rate for black 16 to 24-year-olds available for work now double that for white counterparts, ONS data shows’‘. Our current political consensus is that inequality needs to be exploited in the name of austerity. Inequality is measurable and specific and manifests itself in concrete ways. This is not shocking. This was inevitable. The only…

Whose crisis?

Elites worldwide are in crisis. The neo liberal doctrine that underpinned everything is discredited.  Our political parties are in crisis. Our political media are in crisis. Our finance sector is in crisis. WE are not in crisis. The crisis around us has been deliberately manufactured to distract us from their crisis. A crsis manufactured by…

Ed Miliband to outflank Tories on welfare…shocker..

Ed Miliband wants to aim for full employment, using welfare as his tool in the absence of an industrial policy. This isn’t news. What the fuck did you think workfare was? I think this is one of those bits of Labour triangulation gone awry.  I think the idea was to put out the welfare stance,…